BASF's new tough-elastic foam E-por® is now being used in motorcycle safety helmets by NS Fashion, one of the leading suppliers of helmets and cloth caps in Vietnam.
With its high crack-resistance, the foam is an obvious choice for safety cushioning and is therefore well-suited for applications that have to resist multiple impacts. Its additional feature is its ease of processing: E-por® can be transported, stored, processed and recycled like traditional expandable polystyrene (EPS). The material is noted for very good fusion of the surface, excellent resistance to solvents, and an appealing look and feel.
Owing to its high crack-resistance, E-por® is multishock-safe and well-suited for use in light safety equipment such as helmets. It has been tested by NS Fashion to have outstanding shock absorption and compression strength compared to other foams in helmet applications in Vietnam. NS Fashion produced the helmet under the licence of Vietnam Quality Assurance and Testing (Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3).
"Vietnam has one of the highest motorcycle per capita ratios in the world with about 17 million registered motorcycles in 2007. It is thus important for all motorists to be protected with reliable helmets. We are glad to have chosen E-por® as our product's core foam to complement our guarantee of quality products to our consumers. Its high crack-resistance makes it an exceptional material for helmets," said Nguyen Ngoc Ty, Managing Director, NS Fashion Co., Ltd (Non Son).
E-por® is also used in the area of safe transportation of sensitive electrical and electronic devices. The foam combines the shock resistance and aesthetic appeal of interpolymers with the cost-effective recycling and ease of processing of EPS. Thanks to its special property profile, the new BASF granules offer advantages along the entire value chain for transport packaging from the converter, the appliance manufacturer and the retailer right to the consumer.
About NS Fashion Co. Ltd (Non Son)
NS Fashion Co. Ltd (Non Son) is one of the leading suppliers of helmet and cloth caps in Vietnam. The company is located at 199 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
BASF is one of the world's leading chemical companies. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and agricultural products to oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of about Euro 63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109,000 employees as of the end of the year.